What’s on at Skills North East 2018

Get Skilled stands

Dedicated Get Skilled stands offer in-depth knowledge about certain industries. You can discover new talents and try loads of different skills when you get hands-on with a Get Skilled activity. Experts are always on hand to help as you learn something new and try work-based skills; the aim is to ensure each Get Skilled stand represents a different career sector so we promote as wide a range as possible to you, the visitors.


Get Skilled in Policing
Presented by Northumbria Police
Test your communication and observation skills, learn the phonetic alphabet and conduct some investigative enquiries to get a better understanding of a day in the life of a police officer.


Get Skilled in Zoology
Presented by Northumberland College
Pet a snake, hold a lizard and watch the insects whilst learning about the animals and their natural habitats. The Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens zookeepers will be on hand to answer all your questions on land based animal care.


Get Skilled with Newcastle College
Day 1: Have a go at Art & Design, Engineering & Sport
Day 2: Have a go at Hospitality, Hair & Beauty, Engineering & Sport


Get Skilled in Games Design
Presented by: City of Sunderland College
Find out more about the world of games design. Try out VR or design and create your own maze using specialist software.


Careers Hub

The careers hub is an area where you get the chance to have one to one advice and guidance from the experts. Find out about apprenticeships and employability skills such as financial well being, interview techniques and cv writing.


The Skills Theatre

The Skills Theatre showcases local talent and can include dance, drama, music, cookery, hairdressing and floristry.



10:00 – 10:2010:00 – 10:20
Medical MavericksMedical Mavericks
The Human Guinea Pig – Inside the NHS… and TOM!The Human Guinea Pig – Inside the NHS… and TOM!
10:35 – 10:5510:35 – 10:55
Gateshead CollegeGateshead College
Level 3 Commercial Dance performing various dance genresLevel 3 Commercial Dance performing various dance genres
11:10 – 11:4011:10 – 11:40
The Twisting Ducks TheatreThe Twisting Ducks Theatre
Company The Rise of an Extraordinary NurseCompany The Rise of an Extraordinary Nurse
11:55 – 12:1511:55 – 12:15
Newcastle CollegeNewcastle College
Combined Musical Theatre PerformanceVigour: Contemporary Dance
12:30 – 12:5012:30 – 12:50
Sunderland CollegeSunderland College
Stripped to the Soul: Musical TheatreStripped to the Soul: Musical Theatre
13:05 – 13:2513:05 – 13:25
Medical MavericksMedical Mavericks
The Human Guinea Pig – Inside the NHS… and TOM!The Human Guinea Pig – Inside the NHS… and TOM!
13:40 – 14:1013:40 – 14:10
The Twisting Ducks Theatre CompanyThe Twisting Ducks Theatre Company
The Rise of an Extraordinary NurseThe Rise of an Extraordinary Nurse
14:25 – 14:4514:25 – 14:45
Virgin MoneyVirgin Money
What’s it like to be an Apprentice?What’s it like to be an Apprentice?
17:00 – 17:20
Virgin Money
What’s it like to be an Apprentice?
17:40 – 18:00
Higher Education in the North East


Live News Board

The live news board aims to provide you with the chance to find out about current vacancies available in the region including, job vacancies, volunteer opportunities, traineeships, apprenticeship schemes and any other opportunities. The exhibitors post these vacancies on the live news board at the event for you to view. Ensure you take a look so that if any interest you, you have the chance to speak to the organisation face-to-face at the event and find out all you can about the role. This is a great way to get ahead of the competition, so don’t forget to take a look!



Northumbria Police
Get up close to a police force vehicle and learn how these are used on a daily basis.

North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Have a look around an ambulance and learn about the important role this service provides. Service colleagues will be proving information about careers and apprenticeships as well as teaching some resuscitation techniques.

Newcastle United Foundation
Test your football skills with a variety of activities from Newcastle United Foundation.


Activities on stands

Have a go at Karaoke with the IPO/UK Music – Cracking Ideas and find out all about a career in music.

Get hands on with Medical Mavericks ultrasound and keyhole surgery simulation. Use an iPhone to look at the back of the eye and a pulse doctor to measure your pulse.

Experience PwC’s HoloLens where you will be able to engage and interact with holograms right in front of you.

Experience the New College Durham campus by having a Virtual tour on VR headsets.

Test your knowledge of the human body with the University of Sunderland’s challenge to replace the organs of the human body into a plastic torso.